INTRODUCTION

In the past five years, most sections of the country have seen a significant and troubling resurgence of racist skinhead activity.

The skinhead movement has evolved over the last 30 or so years and is still changing. This subculture appeals to the young; a majority of racist skinheads appear to be males in their late teens and early twenties though a significant minority are women.

Racist skinhead activity can occur online or in the physical world. Although racist skinheads may show up for any type of racist or anti-Semitic event, from Holocaust denial conferences to neo-Nazi rallies, musical events are the most popular.

Skinhead Resurgence
This renewed growth of racist skinhead activity includes a rise in the number of organized racist skinhead groups as well as a rise in the number of "independent" or unaffiliated racist skinheads. It also includes a rise in the amount of skinhead-related criminal activity, primarily hate crimes but also including a few attempted acts of terrorism. More

Skinhead Groups
Racists skinheads in the United States today remain loosely organized at best, despite an increase in the number of racist skinhead groups. Such skinheads typically fall into one of three categories More

White Supremacist Groups and Skinheads
In addition to skinhead groups, racist skinheads may join or affiliate themselves with all sorts of other white supremacist organizations. Here are some of the more prominent white supremacist groups that have a significant racist skinhead presence.
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Terror Plot in Tennessee
On October 22, 2008, the Crockett County, Tennessee, Sheriff's Office, along with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), uncovered and prevented what could have been the deadliest extremist shooting spree in years, designed to culminate with the assassination of Barack Obama.


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CAVEAT: NOT EVERY SKINHEAD A RACIST
The skinhead subculture was not originally racist —and, in fact, today around the world there remain many non-racist or explicitly anti-racist skinheads (often called sharps, for “skinheads against racial prejudice”).



2009 Anti-Defamation League